Not everyone knows that our staff are all keen sports people themselves. But we like to practice what we preach, as they say, so for the record here’s Profeet biomechanist, Morgan’s, account of his brush with the formidable Race to the Stones.
The Threshold Race Series: Race to the Stones
Billed as the UK’s favourite ultramarathon along the UK’s oldest path, the Race to the Stones has been gathering an ever-growing following over the past 10 years. How you do it is your choice. Take on 1 of 2 days or both, or if you’ve got the muster, run (or walk) the whole thing in one go. All 100km of it!
Morgan joined Profeet over a year ago after graduating with an MSc in Sports Biomechanics. A natural athlete, he is passionate about fitness (especially powerlifting) and nutrition and plays football. He has also helped coach individual footballers and Jr America’s Cup competitors. So spurred on by his time working at the Profeet Lab, Morgan decided to set himself a goal…
The Race to the Stones (RTTS) experience
I have always wanted to run a marathon, but with my colleagues here at Profeet having run ultramarathons made me want to push myself even harder.”
Already in good shape, Morgan put in the training, (but perhaps not as much as he would have liked, in retrospect!) It takes time and commitment to go beyond the marathon distance, but busy lives can make this a challenge in itself. The lead-up to the event came about quickly and before he knew it he was standing on the start line…
I took part as a run/walker – I wanted to run the majority of it, but walk the hills and rougher terrain.”
This is the joy of the RTTS, you can take it at your own pace, and you don’t have to be an elite ‘runner’ per-se, you just need legs and the spirit of endurance (and of course, you need to train up to the distance you’ve entered for, either 50km or 100km).
But back to Morgan:
I attempted the 100km in one day route… however, I unfortunately ended up having to walk a lot more than intended due to sustaining an injury. The closest thing I’ve done to this before was a marathon in my training, though nothing similar in terms of the event itself.”
“I only made it to the 88km mark before I had to stop!”
We’re loving Morgan’s modesty, especially given that most of us would struggle to complete a half marathon (21.2km), let alone a marathon (42.2km) so I think it’s fair to say to that 88km is pretty impressive.